WYTHEVILLE - Two Wytheville residents, including one free on bond from other pending drug charges, were charged this week after police said they found a methamphetamine lab at their residence.
According to the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Johnathon Ray Shumate and 25-year-old Amber Nicole Linkous are each facing four charges after officers searched their 460 East Ridge St. home on Monday.
Shumate has pending Wythe County Circuit Court charges, including possessing the precursors to manufacturing methamphetamine—a powerful stimulant that can be made using common household ingredients.
Tuesday’s arrest was a joint effort of the Sheriff’s Office, Wytheville Police Department and Virginia State Police.
Shumate, who is being held without bond, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of methamphetamine possession, possessing two or more essential ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.
Linkous, who had a possessing a controlled substance charge dismissed in 2008 and a charge of selling drugs near a school dropped in 2007, is free on bond and has March 8 arraignment date on the same charges as Shumate.
Additional arrests in the ongoing investigation are expected, police said.